It has been a very busy couple of months for the GB Team and all of them have been training or competing in preparation for the 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, Riyue Bay, Hainan Island – China November 23- December 2.
Before we go into the details it is worth mentioning that SUP and Paddleboarding get zero support from Sport England. The team are self financing and rely on very generous donations of money, equipment and time from some fantastic businesses, friends and colleagues.
The team have a Just Giving page if you would like to help them out – all donations extremely gratefully received. If you are a business and would like to sponsor the team please contact us for more details.
So here is the run down….
Aaron has got his quiver ready for China, two new Hervé SUPs. He has been spotted about in Jersey getting them dialled in.
SUP racer Ginnie took herself off to her first Pacific Paddle Games at Doheny Beach, California. There was a big swell running during her races but not only did she conquer the swell she also managed to win her category, a huge achievement. It also sets her up brilliantly for China!
Matt Argyle has been taking advantage of the recent run of good surf in North Devon to get plenty of water time. The new JP Surfboards Quad is really getting dialled in now. In order to maintain general fitness, and to raise money in memory of his brother, Matt took part in the Exmoor Swim, which he manged to come 4th in the masters category. Matt has also become a brand ambassador for Tiki Wetsuits, a well establish British surf brand.
As well as training and squeezing in some surfing Ben managed to win the first ever London Crossing SUP race. This is setting up Ben perfectly for China!
Marie has been getting plenty of time on the water at her local beaches. She even scored an October session on her technical race board without a wetsuit in some lovely waves.